I briefly reviewed both "Welcome to the Family" and "Sean Saves the World" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For anyone who tuned into either one, what did you think? With "Welcome to the Family," did you find yourself enjoying one family more than the other? Did you want to see Mike O'Malley and Ricardo Chavira duke it out in the boxing ring? Are you invested in the teen lovebirds at all? With "Sean Saves the World," did you enjoy all the slapstick? Linda Lavin and Sean Hayes both performing at top volume? Tom Lennon (and I highly recommend reading our interview, if only for the section on "the mustache discount") having a 'stache and doing weird things? Megan Hilty not singing? And will you watch either one again?
Have at it.
I briefly reviewed "The Millers" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Are you sad to have Margo Martindale farting here rather than returning to "The Americans," or do you agree with her that fart jokes are just funny? Did you enjoy the big dance number? Beau Bridges' technological difficulties? JB Smoove's bemusement at the behavior of white people? Will Arnett in his second vaguely human network TV role in a row? And will you watch again?
Have at it.
A quick review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I have a picture of Patrick Ewing on a rollercoaster...
"Scandal" — Shonda Rhimes' delightfully insane drama about Washington, DC fixer Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), her team of crisis managers, and the President of the United States (Tony Goldwyn) with whom she's been having an on-again, off-again affair for years — is back for a third season tonight at 10 on ABC. I've seen the premiere, and it's very strong, as it deals with the fallout from Olivia and Fitz's relationship being leaked to the media, and from the revelation — which would be absurd on many a "serious" drama but which works just fine here — that Joe Morton's shady intelligence boss is actually Olivia's estranged father. (Morton and Washington share a scene early in the premiere that's dynamite, and not just because it's one of the few moments in the run of the show that so much as alludes to Olivia's race and the complications it causes in this situation.)
A quick review of "The Bridge" season finale coming up just as soon as we pretend people missed me...
I briefly reviewed NBC's "Ironside" this morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in to watch Blair Underwood in the very loose remake of the Raymond Burr cop show, what did you think? Too much like "House" or not enough? Do you find Ironside an interesting character, and/or do you think Underwood is giving an interesting lead performance? Do you care about any of his sidekicks? (And do you miss Pablo Schreiber's "Orange Is the New Black" 'stache?) Do you want more of Brent Sexton, whether in the present or in flashbacks to an able-bodied Ironside? Did the case itself interest you at all? And will you watch again?
Have at it.
I briefly reviewed ABC's "Super Fun Night" this morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did you love all the Spanx jokes? Did you find Rebel Wilson's American accent convincing and/or amusing? Did you enjoy her interplay with either her legal co-workers or nerdy best friends? Did you laugh? And will you watch again?
Have at it, and keep in mind that this is at least the show's third attempt at a premiere, including the failed development at CBS and the pilot that ABC decided not to air for now.
Not that this has been a great overall fall for new series, but pretty much every rookie of note — from the genuinely good ("Masters of Sex") to the uneven but promising ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD") to the mediocre shows that do one thing very well ("The Blacklist") — have already debuted over the last couple of weeks. What's left over for this week are the runts of this unimpressive litter, none worthy of a full-length review, but which we can discuss briefly before they debut: